Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

October 13, 2023

Welcome to the weekly e-newsletter for the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

This edition includes everything you need to know about the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme for the coming days.

We upload each weekly newsletter to the Future Bradford website. You can find copies of each e-newsletter on our news page if you would like to look back at previous editions.


This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

The work and traffic management shared in last week’s e-newsletter is progressing this week. All traffic management outlined in last week’s edition will remain the same next week.

If you would like to take a look at last week’s e-newsletter for more details on this work, please click here.

If you would like more information about what is happening across the city centre, including maps showing how the city is being transformed, please do see our website.

Jacobs Well Roundabout

Jacobs Well roundabout is being transformed into a ‘super crossing’ as part of the ambitious plans to improve routes and facilities for public transport, cycling and walking in the city centre.

The new super crossing will connect the city centre to the emerging cultural quarter for those walking, cycling, or wheeling (other modes of transport with wheels).

With Hall Ings becoming a new public space – a new ‘linear park’ – there will no longer be a need for a roundabout at Jacobs Well.


Visualisation of the new super crossing at Jacobs Well with people walking along the paved street, lined with trees, sharing with cyclists and grass areas.

In early 2024, work will start to pedestrianise Hall Ings. New walking and cycling routes, as well as new seating areas and landscaping, will replace the majority of the existing road space. These changes will create a dramatically improved sense of arrival to the city centre for visitors and commuters alike.

These elements of the scheme are expected to be complete by 2025, with large parts of the work already underway.

Process of filling in the roundabout: 

A timeline showing the process involved when filling in the roundabout: Preparation: To ensure the subways are safe and secure, the team closed the entrances to the underground routes. To ready the site for works, existing lighting cabling was stripped out of the subways. In the centre of the roundabout, trees and soil have been removed. The drainage outlets and pipework have also been sealed off. The team have also safely removed the mermaid statue from the roundabout, and it is currently being stored securely while a new home for it is found. Filling in subways and roundabout: The nine openings to the three subways under the roundabout have been sealed shut with blockwork walls. Over six working days, concrete has been pumped into the subways to fill the voids and leave them stable for the future road to be built above. With the subways now filled, work has started on filling the centre of the roundabout to raise the ground level for the new road to be built above. A locally-sourced recycled material made from crushed concrete, brick and stone is being placed and compacted in layers, which will create a strong base for the future road surface. Building of the new carriageway: Once the roundabout is filled in, the new carriageway, including the new ‘super crossing’, will be built on top.

How is traffic impacted whilst work is underway?

In order to carry out this work safely there are a number of lane closures around the roundabout while machinery is on site.


Digger filling in the roundabout at Jacobs Well.

Digger filling in the roundabout at Jacobs Well.


Traffic delays within the city centre

We are actively monitoring traffic journey times around the city centre along key routes and we are working closely with our team to minimise these as much as possible.

We can all play our part to reduce these delays by continuing to: 

  • Plan ahead by checking the One Network website for delays and road closures.
  • Allowing more time.
  • Avoiding blocking junctions to help traffic move more freely for us all.
  • Sticking to traffic light signals as they are synchronised to allow the maximum flow of traffic.
  • Taking public transport or walking, cycling or wheeling if possible. As one bus can carry the equivalent number of passengers as several cars, if more people use the bus during construction works, congestion can be reduced.


There'a an alternative to being stuck in traffic. Bus. Walk. Bike. Rail.

There are a number of bus diversions in place across the city centre, affecting some services that would usually travel along:

  • Croft Street
  • Hall Ings
  • Sunbridge Road and Princes Way
  • Thornton Road

For information on bus disruptions and diversions around the district please do check the Metro website: www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-travel-alerts/.


Other roadworks around the city 

To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do continue to check One Network: one.network/uk/bradford.

Find out more

You can find out more about the scheme on the Future Bradford website or by getting in touch using the details and links below.

Get in touch if you would like to ask any questions

Email: info@future-bradford.co.uk

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